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Fine Arts A.A. Degree
Semester Hours:  60-64
Effective Term: Fall 2010
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None


Program Description: The Fine Arts A.A. Degree prepares students to transfer to a university B.A., B.F.A. or Bachelors of Teaching in the Arts degree program. Those seeking Art History or Museum Studies as majors may need additional foreign language courses.

Recommended Proficiencies: None

Course Requirements
Fine Arts A.A. Degree (60-64 Credits)

General Education Requirements AGEC-A (35-36)

Written Communications (6)
ENG101 English Composition III (3)
ENG102 English Composition IV (3)

Oral Communications (3)
Select an AGEC course.

For the following two categories, for each category select courses from different disciplines to total 15 credits.

Arts & Humanities (6-9)

Arts (3)
Fulfilled by the Studio Art Core Requirements or select an AGEC course.

Humanities (3)
Select an AGEC course.

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6-9)
Select AGEC courses from different disciplines.

Physical and Biological Sciences (8)
Select AGEC courses with a laboratory component.

Mathematics (3-4)
MAT141 College Mathematics, Standard (4) or higher

Subject Options (0-6)
Based on your major, review the specific A.A. Degree requirements in the CAC catalog, consult an academic advisor, and see the Transfer Guides at http://aztransfer.com/college/

Special Awareness Requirements (0-9)
Select courses from the AGEC list to fulfill these requirements.
1. At least three semester credits of coursework in
Intensive Writing and Critical Inquiry
2. At least three semester credits of coursework in Cultural Awareness (Ethnic/Race/Gender) (Fulfilled by the Core Requirements)
3. At least three semester credits of coursework
in Global/International Awareness or Historical Awareness (Fulfilled by the Core Requirements)

Note: Courses used in other areas, such as Oral Communications, Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, or Transfer Electives may also be used to satisfy requirements in the three Special Awareness Requirements categories. A course may not be used to satisfy more than one Special Awareness Requirements category.

Core Requirements (30)
ART101 Two Dimensional Design (3)
ART102 Three Dimensional Design (3)
ART107 Drawing I (3)
ART109 Color Theory (3)
ART207 Art History I (3)
ART208 Art History II (3)
MSC205 Portfolio Preparation (3)
Transferable Studio Electives (9)

Fulfillment of the Core Requirements may also fulfill the AGEC-A Arts Requirements.

Electives
Select approved elective courses which transfer as "Elective or Better" to at least two of the three Arizona public universities to complete the required A.A. Degree credits.

Other Requirements (3)
Reading Competency: RDG094 College Reading

Computer Competency (3):
AGB124 Microcomputers in Agriculture
CIS120 Survey of Computer Information Systems or higher
OR
Transferable Computer Competency course
(Consult the CEG.)

Other A.A. Degree Requirements
Some A.A. Degrees require up to 16 credits of a Second Language to demonstrate proficiency. Many four-year degrees require either a second semester or fourth semester level of a second language and strongly encourage students to complete this requirement at the community college prior to transfer.

Check your university catalog, Transfer Guides at http://www.aztransfer.com/TransferGuides, or meet with an academic advisor. Students may demonstrate proficiency by completion of coursework and/or a proficiency test.

Students undecided about their major are encouraged to complete a fourth semester of a second language. CAC offers Spanish, Sign Language or other Foreign Languages and Literatures. Contact an academic advisor for assistance.

Students must earn a grade of 'C' or better in each A.A. degree required course.
Students must earn a minimum of 20 credits from CAC which includes the AGEC-A requirements.

The Fine Arts A.A. Degree requires 60-64 semester credits.
Program Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Synthesis level) Recognize the aesthetic content and meaning in design.
2. (Synthesis level) Use basic design vocabulary and properties that have been used throughout time and across cultures that are unique to three-dimensional media to create or critique art.
3. (Application/Synthesis level) Compose a portfolio of original designs using principles of color theory.
4. (Application/Synthesis level) Use classical shading theory in a drawing.
5. (Knowledge/Synthesis level) Referencing art from prehistoric times to 1300 C.E., identify important artwork of the world when shown visual reproductions.
6. (Analysis/Synthesis level) Describe a work of art by evaluating its formal properties in a written essay or group discussion.
7. (Application/Synthesis level) Design an original portfolio using Adobe Indesign software.
Standards for Program
1. Integrate one or more of the principles of design into studio projects.
2. Incorporate negative or surrounding space into a three-dimensional design.
3. Present a portfolio of drawings which exhibit:
a. Convincing representation of observed objects.
b. Correct application of perspective theory.
c. Representation of light falling on a form.
d. Independent use of design principles.
4. Create, compare and assess differences in multiple sets of works focusing on color harmony and psychological impact.
5. In a written summary or in a class discussion, compare works of art according to their historical, ethnic, racial or gender origins.
6. Synthesize, in written or verbal format, multiple levels of information related to culture, historical events, and individual expression into a comprehensive evaluation of artistic influence at a given point in history.
7. Incorporate the rules of design and composition to create a professional quality, reproducible CD representing the student's best eight original artworks.